The Democratic Society Movement TEV-DEM issued a written statement regarding the earthquake that hit a number of cities in north Kurdistan and resulted in a number of casualties.
The statement initially addressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished for the speedy recovery of the wounded.
The statement added: "It is not the first time that the cities of Bakur Kurdistan and Turkey are subjected to earthquakes, but are considered the center of earthquakes, and the result is human and material losses, and despite the Turkish government's knowledge of the seriousness of the possibility of such earthquakes in these areas, it neglects its responsibilities in caring and attention and taking the necessary measures to face these natural disasters, and there are many affected Turkish regions and cities affected by the earthquake, and this indicates poor construction and not designed to be sufficiently protected against these earthquakes.
The statement also said: "But the fascist government of Turkey is always trying to take advantage of this catastrophe politically, to gain the mercy and sympathy of international and local humanitarian organizations, instead of paying attention to natural gas pipelines and the greatest profit. It was better for it to take care of building shelters in the buildings, as a shelter for the hundreds and thousands of people in the streets and squares who are in a state of panic and fear of a repeat of the aftershocks.
The Democratic Society Movement called in its statement: "International humanitarian organizations to provide humanitarian and social services to the afflicted families, where the people do not receive any support and assistance from the Turkish government." It also thanked: "The humanitarian stances of our Kurdish people in Bakur Kurdistan, who supported their brothers and siblings from the Turks and the Kurds in this ordeal."